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NDICI – Support to Paralegals and Village Mediation Services – 2024

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) - 'Global Europe' for the period 2021-2027 is the EU's main instrument for international partnerships on sustainable development, climate change, democracy, governance, human rights, peace and security in EU neighbouring countries and beyond.

4 million euro

Appeal framework

Call reference EuropeAid/179803/DD/ACT/MW
Program Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Citizenship & Human Rights Civil Protection & Risks Cooperation & Development Culture, Media & Communication Education & Training Justice, Security, Defence Services to organisations
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Media & cultural organisation Professional organisation & network State administration & affiliated entities Training organisation & school

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To improve humane and effective delivery of justice for all, especially those living in marginalised and most vulnerable situations
  • To improve access to justice for all, especially for the population living in the most vulnerable situations and women
  • To empower and strengthen local civil society organisations on the gound by supporting their efforts to improve access to justice for all


  • Priority 1: Provision of paralegal services in the four major prisons of Zomba Central, Maula, Lilongwe, Mzuzu Prison and Chichiri, Blantyre Prison. Paralegal services will also have to be provided in other detention centres (intended as prisons, police cells and Magistrate Courts) across the country as per proposed intervention strategy
  • Priority 2: Expansion of village mediation services through training and deployment of mediators to cover an increased number of districts including but not limited to Rumphi, Dedza, Machinga, Mwanza, Neno, Chikwawa and Nsanje. Minimum support to existing village mediation structures in various districts is recommended to ensure their sustainability
  • Priority 3: Development and delivery of legal awareness and education programmes targeting mainly those living in the most vulnerable situations
  • Priority 4: Advocacy to relevant policy makers and key stakeholders to address and remove bottlenecks to access to justice in the justice system

Among financed actions

  • Provision of Paralegal Services in the Formal Justice System
  • Provision of Village Mediation Services
  • Provision of Referral Services
  • Advocacy and Coordination

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a non-profit making entity
  • Be a civil society organization or an Association of CSOs
  • Total budget of the call: 4 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 3.5 and 4 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 95% of the total eligible costs

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